Bitcoin tops $40,000 — just days after passing $30,000

Bitcoin initially topped $19,000 in December 2017 before crashing spectacularly to around $3,200 a year later on. But extended buy and hold bitcoin bulls, or perhaps HODLers as they’re known in crypto circles, are having the end laugh.

That’s since the cost of one bitcoin (XBT) topped over $40,000 Thursday — double the value from a little more than 3 years back. Charges later slid back to around $38,000.
The value of all bitcoins in circulation has become over $740 billion and the entire value for all cryptocurrencies is a lot more than one dolars trillion, based on CoinMarketCap.
Investors have flocked to bitcoin in recent weeks as the cryptocurrency has gone mainstream.

Square (SQ) and PayPal (PYPL)now let their subscribers order and promote bitcoin. Top money managers such as Paul Tudor Jones, Stanley Druckenmiller — and more recently, Anthony Scaramucci — have embraced it.

Software firm MicroStrategy (MSTR) is already holding bitcoin on its balance sheet. And a premier exec at BlackRock (BLK), the world’s largest asset manager, recently claimed bitcoin it’s essentially a new, digital gold — an asset that could hold up well during times of rising inflation and dollar weakness.

“It’s not surprising to get bitcoin’s recent run up. It is encouraging to see more serious consideration of bitcoin and the digital currency advantage class broadly, since it has real potential to reshape worldwide finance as we know it,” said Michael Sonnenshein, CEO of Grayscale Investments, the world’s greatest crypto asset manager, in a contact to CNN Business.

Bitcoin's bubble could very well burst, warns Anthony Scaramucci. But he's still a mega-bull
Bitcoin’s bubble could burst, warns Anthony Scaramucci. But he is nonetheless a mega-bull
The bitcoin boom has gone into overdrive this week, with prices soaring roughly 25 % in only the previous 5 days, pushing the cryptocurency past many milestone levels.

That is increasing alarm bells even among some bitcoin bulls.
“Market players are actually adopting bitcoin to hedge against instability. But while further development is inevitable, investors shouldn’t expect this to move in a straight line,” said Gavin Smith, CEO of Panxora Group, a cryptocurrency consortium, in a contact to CNN Business.

Smith added that bitcoin rates might crash by 25 % at times and that the cryptocurrency should not be viewed as a “magic cash tree.”
Bitcoin costs could plunge further compared to 25 %, warns Alex Mashinsky, CEO and founder of Celsius Network, a crypto resource manager.

“Sooner or perhaps later on, the bears are going to accumulate plenty of pressure to see a correction,” Mashinsky said in an email to CNN Business, adding that bitcoin charges could fall all of the way back to $16,000 before the conclusion of the first quarter.
“This will flush the vulnerable hands and transport the baton with all the BTC of theirs from the short-term speculators to the future institutions and HODLers,” he added.